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scott pelley. take care family we will see >> pelley: tonight terror in paris. the victims are honored with silence and avenged with thunder. police go on a manhunt for accomplices. and identify a possible mastermind. more u.s. governors say no to syrian refugees. the president defends his war on isis. >> the strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work. >> pelley: and a tale of two survivors. when you went into the cafeé, what did you see? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from paris. >> pelley: the bells here at the cathedral of notre dame tommed today -- tolled today for
the 129 people who died in the terror attacks, and tonight, in their honor, the eiffel tower is bathed in the french national colors. the terrorists left the heart of this nation wounded, but the president vowed they will never destroy its soul. france observed a moment of silence at noon today to remember the dead and pray for the wounded. the victims were from 19 nations, including the united states. secretary of state john kerry arrived here to pay america's respects to its oldest ally. kerry said tonight we are all parisians. french president francois hollande addressed a joint session of parliament in the versailles palace the morning after france launched air strikes against isis targets in syria. hollande vowed, "it is just the beginning." seven terrorists died in the
attacks friday night, but tonight the hunt continues for more. elizabeth palmer is following that. >> reporter: the police response to the attacks was swift and widespread. along with an aggressive manhunt, security services carried out more than 150 property searches, slapped house arrest orders on over 100 people, and deported 38 more. in paris, president francois hollande vowed that terrorism would not defeat the french republic. "the republic," he said, would defeat terrorism. but it's a tall order. high-profile security around parisian landmarks projects an image of force and vigilance, but, in fact, most public places are soft targets, as friday's attacks proved. [gunfire] with chilling clarity. an expert on terrorism.
the terrorists have realized big western cities are very vulnerable. >> very vulnerable. we were protected by our security. this protection has failed. so all the cities in the world, all the main capitals are now really vulnerable. >> reporter: it was a game changer. >> it was a game changer, yeah. >> reporter: the french president today described syria as the greatest terrorism factory the world has ever known. and right now more than 500 french citizens are there, fighting with isis. at least three of the men directly linked to friday's attacks did time on that battlefield and were already known to french intelligence. one of them was even supposed to report regularly to the police but had stopped showing up. then three days ago he surfaced as one of the killers at the bataclan concert hall. the truth is that with 10,000 open files on suspected radicals
that need monitoring, it'ser in person or online, french intelligence is simply overwhelmed. >> pelley: liz palmer, thank you, liz. the dragnet extended quickly beyond france, and allen pizzey reports tonight from belgium. >> reporter: the international manhunt brought belgian police to this house in the brussels suburb of molenbeek where they thought one of the suspects was hiding, but they came up empty handed. their target was salah abdeslam, a 26-year-old man authorities believe rented a car that was used in the attack. he was reportedly stopped by the police and then released just hours after the attacks, and it was feared he returned to this neighborhood. the two men who were with salah abdeslam have now been arrested and one of his brothers blew himself up with a suicide vest outside a restaurant. a third brother, mohamed, said his family did not understand why they did it. "we never had any problem with justice," he said. "my parents are in shock.
they don't quite realize what has happened." the impoverished suburb of molenbeek is known to be a hotbed of jihad itself recroom. the mayor says at least 30 young men have left here to go the fight for isis in syria. the neighborhood was also home to this man, abdelhamid abaaoud, who french investigators believe is the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks. abaaoud is now thought to be in syria and has appeared ib isis propaganda videos. he even recruited his own 13-year-old brother into isis. molenbeek is where the justice departmenty -- jihadi and criminal worlds meet, one-stop shopping for drugs, explosives and automatic weapons, a extremist's dream, a security nightmare. scott? >> pelley: allen pizzey in brussels. thank you, allen. it appears at least one attacker slipped into europe in the wave of refugees that fled syria. the clue is in a passport found near the body of a suicide bomber outside the soccer stadium. hollande -- holly williams picks
up the story in athens. >> reporter: greece says this man arrived on its shores claiming to be a refugee on october 3rd and used this syrian passport, suspected to be fake, which identifies him as ahmad al mohammad, 25 years old and born in northwestern syria. ioannis mouzalas is the greek immigration minister. he didn't have any record? >> nothing. >> reporter: so there was no reason for you to suspect he might be a terrorist? >> he was on a boat with the refugees. >> reporter: the mancariing the passport crossed to greece from turkey, the same route used by over 600,000 migrants this year, many of them syrian refugees. he didn't appear on any international wanted list, where he was registered by the greek authorities, fingerprinted and then allowed to enter europe.
>> if someone is fleeing and going to be an extremist, you can take it anywhere. >> reporter: it's long been feared isis could use the flood of refugees to smuggle its fighters into europe, but, scott, this case seems to show just how easy it is to do so. >> pelley: holly williams. holly, thank you. and president obama said yet again today that he wants the resettle tens of thousands of refugees in the u.s. but after paris, his plan has hit a roadblock, and here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: the terror attacks in france became a parted sudan issue in this country today, with at least 15 governors, all republicans, announcing they will try to block syrian refugees from resettling in their state. michigan governor rick snyder. >> we're going to suspend things until we get a chance to talk to the u.s. department of homeland
security. >> reporter: he and others say they'll direct state agencies not to provide syrians the types of relocation services normally supplied to refugees. massachusetts governor charlie baker: >> the safety and security of the people of the commonwealth of mass is my highest priority. >> reporter: that sentiment was shared by more than half the g.o.p. president, field, who said the u.s. should halt plans to welcome 10,000 syrian refugees over next year. >> there are refugees that need to be cared for, but they should be resettled in the middle east in majority muslim countries. >> reporter: front-runner donald trump said he might also close some mosques if he becomes president. >> it's something you'll have to strongly consider because some of the ideas and some of the hate red, the absolute hatred is coming from these areas. >> reporter: roughly four million syrians have been displaced by the fighting. applicants for resettlement here are screened by the departments of state and homeland security.
former florida governor jeb bush argued the u.s. should focus on accepting syrian christians, not muslims. >> because they're being slaughtered in the country, and but for us who? >> reporter: the president sharply rejected that sentiment. >> she's shameful. that's not american. that's not who we are. we don't have religious tests to our compassion. >> reporter: the new house speaker paul ryan says he's considering legislation that would beef up screening for refugees. the reality is, scott, there's very little a gough could do to keep someone from moving in their state once they've been allowed into a country. >> pelley: nancy cordes at the capital. nancy, thank you. the paris attacks are the third major operation claimed by isis in just over two weeks. a russian jetliner blew up over egypt, killing all 224 on board. u.s. officials say the bomb... a bomb was the likely cause.
last thursday twin suicide blasts in beirut killed 43. but after paris, we're in a whole new world according to michael morell, a former number two at the c.i.a. and now cbs news senior security contributor. >> i say "whole new world" for two reasons. one is isis now has developed an attack capability in the west. they told us that they would do that. they've now done it in western europe. they told us that they would do that in the united states. they will eventually do that unless they are degraded. the second whole new world here is the targets they've chose on the attack. people don't sympathize with, but they certainly understand when isis attacks a government target or a military target or even "charlie hebdo" when somebody has defamed the prophet. it's much more difficult to understand an attack on our very way of life that sows fear and
terror. >> pelley: to that end, isis has posted new threats online and jeff pegues has more on that. >> reporter: the video purporting to be from isis promised an attack on washington, but u.s. officials say there is no specific or credible threat against the united states. on capitol hill, police are telling congressional staff to take precautions like using the tunnels around the capitol instead of walking above ground. and in new york, a new specialized police unit is providing extra security at kilocations, swat teams and bomb-sniffing dogs are patrolling train station, airports and nfl stadiums around the country, but a response to a threat is only as good as the intelligence. and u.s. law enforcement believes one blind spot is when terrorists go dark, hiding their online communications. investigators say members of
isis lure sympathizers to apps where the messages self-destruct or encrypted. law enforcement has been pressing the technology industry for access to that data when national security is at risk, but so far move si concerns have won out. c.i.a. director john brennan. >> i do hope that this is going to be a wake-up call, particularly in areas of europe where i think there has been a misrepresentation of what the intelligence and security services are doing >> reporter: brennan warns more attacks like paris could be coming. >> i would anticipate that this is not the only operation that isil has in the pipeline. >> reporter: the tech industry says calls to weaken encrypted products undermine cyber security. scott, a law enforcement source is confident the attackers used encrypted communication, but it's unclear whether investigators have the attackers' cell phones and
computers. >> pelley: jeff pegues in washington for us tonight. jeff, thank you. the french air strikes overnight in syria targeted raqqa, which isis claims as the capital of its so-called caliphate. david martin has that. >> reporter: the french chosed targets based on sensitive u.s. intelligence that had not been provided to them before the paris attacks. they were military targets, a command center, an ammo dump and training camp, which the u.s. would have hit sooner or later in any event, as charlie d'agata reported from northern iraq. >> this is a show of force for the french and a message france is fighting back. >> reporter: however, u.s. officials say there are plans to hit new targets that had once been off limits, installations previously considered part of the civilian infrastructure, isis release on the run the territory it occupies. until now civilian targets have been limited to the oil facilities isis uses to generate an estimated $1 million a day in
black market oil sales. u.s. officials say those strikes have been ineffective, causing damage that could be repaired within a day or two. two weeks ago the u.s. began a bombing campaign designed to knock out oil facilities for six months to a year. last night american a-10s and ac-130 gun ships destroyed 116 tanker trucks in syria after first dropping leaflets and conducting runs to scare the civilian drivers away. more strikes against more targets will increase the risk of civilian casualties, especially since u.s. officials now expect russia to increase its own bombing campaign against isis. scott? >> pelley: david martin at the peg. david, thank you. in a story for "60 minutes," we spoke with two survivors of the attacks, mark colclough witnessed the shooting at a cafeé, and man named francois, who did not want us to use his last name, suffered a grazing
bullet wound from the music hall massacre. [gunfire] >> i heard the gunshots, about ten. he shot in my direction, so i just laid down on the floor, like head on the ground, and then that's how i felt the bullet in my back. >> pelley: can you show me where you were hit? >> so i was shot here on the back just below my shoulder, and the bullet came out here. >> pelley: so lucky to be alive. >> yeah, yeah. >> he shot three of them just like that. the three that were sitting outside he shot very quickly. then he shot into the car. then he moved into the cafeé, looked out, panned right with his weapon, didn't shoot, panned left, duck, duck, duck, pause,
duck, duck, duck, pause. very quickly. they ran into the cafeé. >> pelley: when you went into the cafeé, what did you see? >> and then toward the bar i could see on our left i could see there were three our four dead bodies lying in front of the bar. >> pelley: we will hear next from an american witness to the attacks when the "cbs evening news" continues from paris. ects. intimidating. doing something simple... meant enduring a lot of pain. if ra is changing your view of everyday things orencia may help. orencia works differently by targeting a source of ra early in the inflammation process. for many, orencia provides long-term relief of ra symptoms.
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they are students of design who crafted a memorial for nohemi gonzalez in the lobby that she raced through on the way to class. the absence of sound deafened the mind. that picture, nohemi under the moon in amsterdam, was shot by her friend cal state student niran jayasiri. >> she was always a very cheerful person. you always see her in a bad mood. she always smiled at you and you wonder how late she's been working. she's just a charismatic person. >> pelley: he may have been the last to see nohemi alive, standing next to her at a cafeé as a terrorist opened fire. >> at first i thought it was firecrackers because it sounded like firecrackers. i looked in the direction the noise was coming, and i saw a gunman just walking on the sidewalk, just shooting everywhere.
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kill a lot of people. that's one of the challenges of terrorism. it's not their sophistication or the particular weaponry that they possess, but it is the ideology that they carry with them and their willingness to die. >> reporter: the president said sending u.s. ground troops is not an option. >>er -- every few months i go to walter reed and see a 25-year-old kid who is paralyzed or who has lost his limbs, and some of those are people i've ordered into battle, and so i can't afford to play some of the political games that others may. >> reporter: as for critics of his strategy, president obama dismissed them as all talk. for now the president is putting his weight behind a diplomatic gamble to broker a ceasefire in syria. traveling with the president, margaret brennan, cbs news,
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